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Never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity

It’s easy to think that people have it in for us, that they are doing what they do just to hurt us. But that is rarely the case, people just to care. Most times things are done out of stupidity or laziness and not ill intent.

You will see this most often in governmental facilities, banks etc. Places where employees are paid, either way, places where the average employee just wants to get through the day and go home. Niccolo Machiavelli author of the price wrote that people are generally bad unless they would get something out of being good, and he has a point.

People would act in a way that would ensure they get the most they could possibly get, but I believe that their default would be laziness and not bad intentions. Laziness is a disease in our society, we have gotten so used to getting prizes for our efforts that if we see nothing to gain we would just not put in the work. Most times we would not put in the work even if we see some gain but it would take more than a few minutes we will just give up.

This way of thinking has made us weak useless and stupid. But this state is completely reversible, we need to start working on habits that would reinforce small wins. The Japanese have a term called “kaizen” which means continuous improvement. Every time you do something do a little better, this also means that you don’t have to put too much stress on yourself in the beginning.

Allow yourself to start slow and continuously improve. If you’re just starting out and need to get clients don’t try to overbook yourself on the first day, you still don’t know how the process works. Try to find one client then figure out how you did it, how the process worked. Then try to reproduce the same result only a little but better.

Keep following this guideline and sooner than you know you would have gotten so far ahead you would not believe your success.


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